What We’re Drinking: January 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Castle Danger Brewery George Hunter Stout, John Garland, Senior Editor One could make the case that Castle Danger Brewery makes the best seasonal-release beer in the state. … [ Read more]

Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer … [ Read more]

Gold and Bronze: Five Minnesota breweries medal at GABF 2016

Five Minnesota beers were awarded medals from a field of over 7,200 beers judged at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition in Denver, Colorado. Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, won gold for its flagship Extra Pale Ale in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category. According to the GABF website, Summit EPA has won five … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Tom Hill of Bemidji Brewing

Four years ago this October, Tom Hill was brewing beer in a kitchen in Bemidji, Minnesota, on a 25-gallon brewing system. This wasn’t a homebrew session though. It was the modest beginning of the town’s sole brewery—Bemidji Brewing Company. Tom and his business partners Justin “Bud” Kaney, Tina Hanke (now Kaney), and Megan Betters (now … [ Read more]

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Bemidji Brewing opens new taproom Thursday

Look at that beautiful new front in progress! #Bemidji #bemidjibrewed pic.twitter.com/9wyAlZ2H6K — Bemidji Brewing Co. (@BemidjiBrewing) June 29, 2016 After announcing a move and expansion about a year ago, Bemidji Brewing Company has been busy moving their entire operation four blocks away to a new space at the edge of downtown (211 America Avenue NW). Co-founder … [ Read more]

Minnesota breweries awarded at World Beer Cup 2016

The 2016 Craft Brewers Conference came to a close in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the World Beer Cup Awards, the biannual international beer competition organized by the Brewers Association. Over the course of 96 beer style categories, Minnesota breweries won four medals. Insight Brewing of Minneapolis won bronze in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category for its … [ Read more]

Bemidji Brewing reveals new logo, brews first batch on new brewhouse

Big things are happening at Bemidji Brewing. The brewery, which started as a three-barrel nanobrewery in downtown Bemidji, has expanded into a new building and brewed their first batch on a new 15-barrel brewhouse back on April 13. Beer from the new brewery should be available around Minnesota’s fishing opener on May 14. In conjunction with the … [ Read more]

How to get your hands on Bemidji Brewing’s award-winning double porter

Bemidji Brewing Company announced today it will be selling 500 750mL bottles of their GABF silver medal-winning Double Porter at their taproom starting 2pm on Friday, December 11. The porter will also be on tap starting that day. For more information, visit Bemidji Brewing’s website or Facebook page

Breweries Boom in Greater Minnesota

If there are two things craft breweries in greater Minnesota have proven, it’s that there is no such thing as a “typical” craft-beer drinker, and demand for new and interesting beers doesn’t stop at the 694–494 loop. “Customers just blow stereotypes out of the water,” said Bemidji Brewing Company Head Brewer Tom Hill. “We’ll have … [ Read more]

The Mill: Santa Crawl, I AM ST PAUL!, and more

The Mill is ready for a long winter’s nap. Imperial stouts, braised meats, gingersnap cookies—truly the most wonderful time of the year. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Let us know @growlermag. Upcoming Events: TUESDAY 9: Easy & Oskey are mixing up cocktails at the Guthrie this evening from 6–7:30pm. The fete will take … [ Read more]

Novel Written in Northern Minnesota Woods to be Released at Bemidji Brewing

By Brian Kaufenberg Have you ever wondered what it would be like to quit your job, move to northern Minnesota, and live off the grid in a tent in the woods? That is precisely what novelist Daniel J. Rice did to write his first novel, This Side of a Wilderness, which follows the story of Eli … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bemidji Brewing

Now Open or Damn Close Rounds Up the Latest Players in the Region’s Brewing Scene By Brian Kaufenberg Bemidji Brewing A utility meter reader, an adjunct professor, a substitute teacher, and a therapist walk into a kitchen and start brewing beer. No, it’s not the beginning of an old joke. It’s the beginnings of Bemidji Brewing … [ Read more]

Now Open or Damn Close: Pitchfork Brewing

Now Open or Damn Close Rounds Up the Latest Players in the Region’s Brewing Scene by Brian Kaufenberg Pitchfork Brewing Across the St. Croix River from Minnesota lies the quiet town of Hudson, Wisconsin and its second brewery, Pitchfork Brewing Company. Founded by Jason and Sarah Edwards and Jessie and Mike Fredricksen, Pitchfork Brewing is a … [ Read more]